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Archive for October, 2013

Bryan Clauson Scores Friday USAC Opener at Canyon

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

PEORIA, AZ – Racing past Dave Darland on lap twenty-three, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana claimed the opening night feature of the “13th Annual Hose Advantage Store Hall of Fame Classic.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the 30-lap victory at Canyon Speedway Park was Clauson’s eighth career Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph. Tracy Hines, Mike Spencer, Kevin Thomas Jr., and “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Tony Stewart Racing / Curb-Agajanian owned #20 Chevy Performance Beast, Bryan Clauson earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by out-qualifying the thirty car field. Finishing second to Robert Ballou in his heat race, the USAC National point leader claimed his third USAC/CRA feature of 2013 from sixth.

New Castle, Indiana’s Tracy Hines ran second in the Canyon main event after starting seventh. Piloting his #4 Carolina Nut Company / Hansen’s Welding DRC, the veteran driver was seventh quick in time trials and placed third in his 8-lap heat race.

Mike Spencer of Temecula, California ran third in the Friday night preliminary and was the highest finishing driver from the “Golden State.” Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion qualified fifth and scored fourth in his heat race.

Cullman, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. earned his first Keizer Wheels / Racing Optics “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from twentieth. Driving the Dutcher / Rotondo Weirich / Tri-Star Motorsports’ #17RW Maxim, Thomas timed in twenty-seventh fast, ran seventh in his heat race, and took second in the semi-main.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California raced to fifth in the main event after starting thirteenth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4A Scott Sales Company / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, the USAC/CRA point leader qualified fourteenth and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2.

Rocklin, California’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou won the program’s first heat race, sponsored by Extreme Mufflers. Racing his #12 Indy Race Parts / Maxim Chassis machine, Ballou was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored eighth in main event after starting sixteenth.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Driving the Phillips Motorsports’ #71P Racers Advantage Store / Jockish Flowers DRC, Darland qualified third and took over the feature lead on lap twenty-one after Brady Bacon spun in the fourth turn. Briefly holding the lead, the veteran driver had to settle for sixth at the checkered flags.

Elizabethtown, Indiana’s Chase Stockon won the night’s Weld Racing / SBI Fuel Systems Heat Race #4. Racing the 32-TBI Racing #32 Superior Tank & Trailer DRC, Stockon was eighth fast in time trials and placed fourteenth in the main event.

Making his first start in Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Jon Stanbrough of Avon, Indiana won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. The veteran driver qualified tenth overall, ran seventh in his heat race, and scored twenty-fourth in the feature after an early tangle ended his night.

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The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series would like to thank Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror Inc., Kaeding Performance, Keizer Wheels, King Racing Products, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Rugged Radios, SBI Fuel Systems, Saldana Racing Products, Weld Racing, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at

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First Titles for Idaho’s Pehrson Father Nips Son For Magic Valley, State Titles

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A veteran Idaho driver won his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track and state championships in 2013.

Dan Pehrson, 50, of Buhl, Idaho, won the NASCAR Super Stock division track championship and NASCAR state title racing at Magic Valley Speedway, a third-mile paved oval in Twin Falls, Idaho. Pehrson had a problematic rival during the season-long lead-swapping track and state point races: his 32-year-old son Casey.

“Both of us are racers and both of us are prepared to win,” Dan Pehrson said. “I won the first race of the season. Casey won the second race and from there the battle was on. “There were weeks I had the point lead, weeks when he had the point lead and weeks we were tied. It was a nail-biter right down to the end of the season.”

The senior Pehrson placed fourth in the final feature of the year. He won the track point race by 10 and the state title by six, both over his son, who placed seventh in the last feature. Dan Pehrson’s overall 20-race record was four wins, 17 top-fives and 20 top-10s. With the exception of having one less top-five finish, Casey Pehrson’s record was the same.

“We have a close relationship, but we have separate shops. We’ll rib each other, but we’ve worked on his car at my shop. He’d do the same for me. When we’re on the track, we challenge each other. “I’ve been fighting for a championship for years and they’ve been very, very elusive,” Pehrson said of finally breaking through.

A 23-year racing veteran, Pehrson started out in the four cylinder Pony Stock division driving a Ford Pinto at Magic Valley. After three years he moved on to a three-year stint in Modifieds. Wanting to explore the racing world around him, Pehrson then spent 10 years racing with a touring truck series. He returned to Late Model racing at Magic Valley in 2008, and then switched with the track to the Super Stock division in 2011.

Kristopher McKean won the 2012 track championship by 15 points and the state championship by 21 points over Casey Pehrson who won NASCAR’s 2012 state rookie-of-the-year award. Dan Pehrson placed seventh in track and state points last year.

“I think my wife Tammy has some rather difficult race nights. We both want to see Casey succeed. Race nights can be interesting and nerve-racking. I’ve helped him when he needed it. We have camaraderie, but we have competition between us too.”

Courtney Gard is Dan Pehrson’s crew chief and wife Tammy rounds out the crew. Their race car is based on a home-built Chevy Camaro chassis and powered by a GM 602 crate engine. Sponsors include Joe’s Blacksmith Shop and Pehrson Motorsports.

Pehrson is a service manager at Con Paulos Volkswagen-Mazda in Twin Falls. He and his wife also have a daughter, Andrea. Three granddaughters also race at Magic Valley. They compete in the Junior Stinger division. Hailey, 13, won the first half-season championship and had a total of eight feature wins. Gracie, 10, had one win and Madison, 12, is working to get her first win. “Racing is a big family event for us,” Pehrson said. “We have quite a busy race season.”

Pehrson will be honored for his Magic Valley Speedway championship during the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards event on Friday, Dec. 13 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame/Charlotte Convention Center. Among those honored will be the 2013 national champion Lee Pulliam, as well as track champions from 55 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and province champions, and top rookies.

“We tagged along with Casey and went to the NASCAR banquet in Charlotte last December. We got to see him on stage to get his state rookie award. This year I get to be on the stage,” Pehrson said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

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IMCA Modified winner earns $5,000 at Canyon’s Desert Classic

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

PEORIA, Ariz. – Canyon Speedway Park celebrates a milestone event with a $5,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified payday.

The 25th annual Desert Classic brings the best drivers from around the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region to town Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2. Saturday’s 40-lap main event pays $2,500 for second and $1,250 for third. Minimum start money for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier is $300.

The Friday program boasts a full night of racing with the qualifying feature winner picking up $600. The top six finishers that evening will be locked into Saturday’s big show.

An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Pit passes are $20 and grandstand admission is free.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hot laps are at approximately 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission both nights is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $6 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30 for IMCA members and $35 for non-members.

Entry forms, purse information and information about overnight accommodations is available at the track website,

SHIVERFEST Wins Go to Gustin, Lynch, Van Der Wal, Griffiths, and Michel*

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Donnellson, IA – The 2013 season at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA came to a close with the running of the
Farmington Tax & Accounting SHIVERFEST. Even though the temperatures were on the cool side, there were 127 drivers signed in on the night to help put an end to the 2013 season. At the end of the night Jimmy Gustin (Budweiser Modifieds), Jim Lynch (Donnellson Tire Stock Cars), Curtis Van Der Wal (Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMods), Dustin Griffiths (Coor’s Light Hobby Stocks), and William Michel (Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts) were standing in victory lane.

The first feature up on the night was the 14 lap Sunline Auto Parts Sport Compacts, with Austen Becerra and Laine VanZandt drawing the front row for the event. Becerra took advantage of his front row start to grab the lead on lap 1 over VanZandt and Mike Hornung Jr. The action was slowed for the first time on lap 2, as Kyle Hamelton came to a stop in turn 2 with troubles to bring out the caution. On the restart Scott Smith, Merv Chandler and Seith Woodruff collided to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Becerra jump back out front, with Darin Smith and William Michel, who started 10th, battling for the second spot. While Smith and Michel swapped the second spot, Becerra enjoyed the lead out front. Coming to the white flag Michel moved under Becerra to run the last lap side-by-side. Michel would edge Becerra at the line by a half a car length to pick up the win. Becerra settled for 2nd, Chandler recovered from the
lap 3 crash to come back up to 3rd, Kimberly Abbatt was 4th after starting in 8th, with John Whalen coming from 7th to round out the top 5.

Jason See and Cody Cleghorn led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 15 lap Coor’s Light Hobby Stock feature. But just as the green was waved the red flag would appear, as Dane Blozovich got sideways off turn four and was drill in the door by Rick Barlow Jr. Both drivers climbed from there cars ok. On the restart Cleghron jumped out front on lap 1, with See working to hold back Dustin Griffiths, who started 8th, in the battle for second. Griffiths wasn’t satisfied with battling for second, as he jumped to the top of the track in a three wide move to grab the lead away on lap 3. But Griffiths’ paced was slowed one lap later, lap 4, when Casey Greubel and Nathan Ballard collided at the end of the backstretch to bring out the yellow. Griffiths again grabbed the lead on the restart only to be slowed on lap 5, as Rick Barlow Sr. slowed to a stopped in turn 1 to bring the caution out. Once again Griffiths grabbed the lead on the restart and once again was slowed on lap 7, as Ballard spun in turn 3 to bring the yellow out. Griffiths again jumped out front on the restart, with Mike Hughes, who came from the rear after a lap 1 flat, over taking Cleghorn for second. Griffiths and Hughes would pull away from the battle for third over the final 8 laps, to set up a two car battle for the lead. Hughes would try to get under Griffiths coming off turn four on the final two laps, but Griffiths would hold him off each time to claim the win. Hughes was 2nd, Jacob Keiser was 3rd, Cleghorn held on for 4th, with See coming home in 5th.

Up next was the 20 lap Shottenkirk Parts Express SportMod feature, with Logan Anderson and Sean Wyett leading the field to the green. But just as the green flag was dropped the yellow light would come on, as Tony Johnson spun in turn 1 and collects Rodger Dresden to bring out the caution. On the restart Anderson jumped out front on lap 1 over Curtis Van Der Wal and Wyett. Anderson then held the lead until lap 4, when Van Der Wal slipped under him to take over the top spot. Van Der Wal then set a fast pace over then next 13 laps even as he entered heavy lapped traffic on lap 12, leaving Anderson, Carter VanDenBerg, who started 7th, and Brian Mahlstedt, who started 10th, battling for second. Van Der Wal’s big lead was
evaporated on lap 17, as Anderson, who was running 3rd, spun in turn 1 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Van Der Wal moved back out front, with Mahlstedt over taking VanDenBerg for second, but the caution would appear on the completion on lap 18 to slow the action down. This time Jeff DeLonjay spun down the backstretch to bring out the yellow. Once again Van Der Wal grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on over the final 2 laps to pick up the win. VanDenBerg won the battle for 2nd, Mahlstedt was 3rd, Brett Lowry came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Derek St. Clair
passing 12 cars from his 17th place starting spot to round out the top 5.

Lane Kauffman and Jim Lynch led the field to the green in the 20 lap Donnellson Tire Stock Car feature, with Kauffman grabbing the lead on lap 1 over Cayden Carter and Corey Stout. Kauffman then held the lead until lap 3, when Carter slipped past to grab the top spot. But disaster would strike Carter in turn 3 coming to lap 4, when he spun in front of the field to bring out the caution. Stout would inherit the lead on the restart, with Kirk Kinsley and Lynch battling for the second spot. Lynch would jump to the top side of turn three and four to grab the lead away from Stout on lap 6, leaving Stout to hold back Abe Huls, who started 9th, for second. The action up front was slowed on lap 8, as Casey Greubel spun into the wall in turn 3 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Les Blakley spun in turn 1 and collected Dean Kratzer to bring the yellow light back on. The following restart saw Lynch jump back out front, with Huls, Stout, John Oliver Jr, who started 10th, Mincer and Jason Cook, who started 12th, battling for second thru sixth. The only thing to slow Lynch down was a tire in turn 2, as he clipped in on lap 12 and threw it onto the track to bring out the caution. Ron Henry would spin in turn 4 on lap 13 to bring the yellow light back on. Lynch again grabbed the lead on the restart, with Stout, Cook and Huls close behind. Once again Lynch clipped the tire in turn 2 and threw it onto the track on lap 18 to bring out the yellow to set up a green-white-checkered finish. Lynch again grabbed the lead on the restart and held on to claim the win. Stout won the battle for 2nd, Cook finished in 3rd, Huls held on for 4th, with Oliver Jr. rounding out the top 5.

The final feature up on the night was the 20 lap Budweiser Modifieds, with Jimmy Gustin and Tyler Glass drawing the front row for the event. Gustin would take advantage of his front row start to jump out front on lap 1 over Kyle Brown, who used the bottom groove to come from 5th to 2nd. Brown used that same groove to edge out Gustin at the line on lap 3 to grab the top spot. But Gustin would come back on the top side of lap 4 to get the lead back. Those two drivers ran the next 4 laps side-by-side, before encountering lapped traffic. The heavy lapped traffic allowed Jeff Waterman to close in on the top two to make it a three car battle for the lead. Brown would use a lapped car to slip under Gustin on lap 11 to take over the top spot. But Gustin charged back on the top of the track to take the lead back on lap 13. While Gustin lead the field, Waterman and Brown would swap the second spot on lap 15. But heavy lapped traffic wouldn’t allow Waterman to get close enough to challenge Gustin for the win, as he held on for his first win at the track. Waterman settled for 2nd, Brown was 3rd, Cayden Carter came from 8th to finish in 4th, with Ronn Lauritzen coming home in 5th.

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November Rolls In At Bubba Raceway Park

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Late Models return to the 3/8 mile as November opens and they’ll be joined by the Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Florida Mini Sprints.

Rich Pratt has a commanding 80 point lead over 11-year old Tyler Clem in the Late Models, but he has yet to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Pratt has had a solid year but wants that win; Clem has been impressive and wouldn’t mind grabbing a victory either. Bryan Bernhardt sits third but has Mark Whitener, three race winner, and Kyle Bronson, the top candidate in the Nesmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year chase, are barreling down on him. It’s going to be a great finish to one of the best seasons in Late Model history at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds have had a wild season as well and it’s Charlie O’Neill a top the board. Sitting just three- yes, after all of that racing, THREE- points back is Rich Pratt and a further five back is Jeff Mathews. As those three try to break away, Scott Kurtzner will try to stay with them and close the 22 point gap he has to O’Neill. Bryan Bernhardt seeks his first career Modified win and a top five championship position with it.

Devin Walker let some of his championship lead slip away but he still holds a 500 point gap over Sean Monoghan. Walker has, of course, wrapped up the 2013 title and is the second-youngest Hobby Stock champion in the Modern Era (Bubba Christian in 2009). Mike Stalnaker grabbed his third victory of the season last week and slotted up into third, just ahead of fellow three-timer Hunter Gustafson and Brian Shea. With three points races left, there’s almost a guarantee of a first-time winner since there has been 10 on the year so far.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are not the closest championship, if you can believe it (The Modifieds top four is closer than second in the Thunder Stocks!). Brandon Elwood opened up his lead to 65 over William Gillam with just 195 points left on the table. Though mathematically still alive in the fight, Melvin Fockler is keeping his mind set on a feature victory and celebrating a remarkable first full-season that way; Brandon Tillander is unofficially eliminated mathematically, but will try to do the same as Fockler. Tony Campbell hopes to throw the monkey off of his back and jump to Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time.

Like his life-long counterpart Tyler Clem, “The Marco Island Missile” Nick Snyder has had an incredible year and is the championship leader. A 57 point gap is the margin between Snyder and Eddie Moss, Jr. and a further 25 back is Dirk Miller. Those three have been in the fight all season long, while David Hall has climbed to within 100 points of the leading Snyder. A couple of events over the next few weeks at Bubba Raceway Park and the season-ending Turkey Trot is all that is left, meaning just 315 points are up for grabs. Will Snyder hold on to his lead, will Moss reclaim the crown, or will the Todd’s Tomatoes boys catch-up and steal the title?

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit or call us at 352-622-9400.